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Profit and Profession

The engineering board in my region that influences and decides on the qualifications for things like becoming a PE or PLS ruled that engineers who work with boundaries and land data could receive their PLS certification without the education requirements that are mandated for everyone else.
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LightSquared Will Result in Unfair Government Competition with the Private Sector

On its face, the LightSquared proposal and the issue of unfair government competition with the private sector would seem to have nothing in common.
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The Business of MAPPS: Longer Depreciation Schedules and Air Traffic Control

Recently, President Obama proposed a Federal debt and deficit reduction plan that includes slower and longer depreciation schedules for business owned aircraft.
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The Data Czar: Crafting a Strategy for the Professional Surveying Company

Jack Welch, iconic business leader and transformer said – ‘Strategy means making clear cut choices about how to compete’. In his book ‘Winning’, he explains that the key to success is picking a general direction and implementing the ‘HE- double hockey sticks out of it.
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Cyborg Surveying and You: Reviewing LightSquared

Much discussion has been based on the issue of LightSquared’s bandwidth interfering with the L1 signal from GPS satellites.
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The Business of MAPPS: Those Aren't Rich Corporate Executives' Jets, They're Small Businesses

President Obama - and almost every other political figure on the American landscape – has at one time or another declared that small business is the backbone of America’s economy.
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The Data Czar: Enterprise GIS - A Preamble

Geography has ascended to an increasingly important role in today’s organizations. Geography enables spatial thinking and establishes the framework that GPS and GIS tools use to mold location into patterns for business critical consumption.
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Cyborg Surveying and You: Good News

Congress is looking to create an infrastructure bank to allow private investors to buy into infrastructure projects. Given the broke state of the treasury, and the 2 trillion dollars in infrastructure costs the ASCE projects will be required in five years, anything the government does that works is a good deal.
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Cyborg Surveying and You: Information Overload

School only covered so much, I knew, but I had no idea things would be this complicated! GIS, photo modeling, point clouds, business models, it makes my brain feel like someone stuck a blender in my head.
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LightSquared versus GPS

There has been a wide range of comments and opinions on the GPS interference issue related to the proposed LightSquared wireless network. Comments from GPS users, wireless supporters, aviation advocates, and even casinos have been flowing to the Federal Communication Commission in recent months with their support of or opposition to the LightSquared network.
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HxGN Live

More than 3,500 attendees from more than 70 countries attended HxGN Live, the annual Hexagon AB user conference, at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on June 3-6. About 450 keynotes and panel discussions were held, and several companies from around the world exhibited their geospatial products. Here are a few snapshots from the event.


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2014 October

In this October 2014 issue of POB, we explore cities across Europe pursuing new sustainable energy policies. Also, read how 3D laser scanning produces a winning topographic survey for a high school football field and running track.

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